5 brilliant beach cafes in Cornwall

Where better in Cornwall to sit and enjoy a warming cup of coffee, sweet treat or lunch fix than right on some of its finest sandy beaches, overlooking the sparkling blue waters and listening to the sound of the waves?

Whether you've built an appetite from surfing, need warming up after a long sea swim, are searching for a coastal walk pitstop, or would just like a magical place to eat a delicious seaside meal, we've rounded up our top five favourite beach cafes to visit when in Cornwall.


1. Gylly Beach Cafe & Bakery, Falmouth

This stylish, family-run, award-winning cafe with adjoining bakery, smack dab on Falmouth's famous Gyllyngvase Beach, is a truly unique gem with stunning views towards the Lizard peninsula.

Escape here for delicious breakfasts and an interesting all-day/evening menu offering the likes of hake cassoulet and fish and chips, each freshly prepared using local Cornish produce. Their burgers are a must-try too!


2. The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach

Tucked away along the coast path overlooking Porthcurnick Beach near Portscatho, the Hidden Hut certainly lives up to its name and it's a very special spot to enjoy freshly cooked food out in the sea air.

Find it for big beach salads and grilled seafood in the summer and hearty soups, chowders and spiced dhals during the spring and autumn. Don't miss the summer evening open-air feast nights - lobster and chips or seafood paella anyone...!


3. Rockpool Cafe, Mousehole

In Mousehole, strolling round the pretty harbour, and in need of a reviving cuppa? Then seek out this cool little cafe perched on the rocks above the sea pool.

Enjoy great coffee and cake, lunchtime sandwiches and afternoon tea and scones on the rustic terrace, soaking up the fabulous sea views. It's only a 1-minute walk from The Old Coastguard - the perfect seaside escape!


4. Porthgwidden Cafe, Porthgwidden Beach

A relaxed cafe tucked beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives "Island", right on the beach with fabulous uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay.

Specialising in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine, some of their signatures include fragrant mussels, crispy squid and varieties of fish curries. When sitting on the outside terrace in the warm sunshine, keep an eye out for dolphins jumping over the waves.

Find the idyllic Gurnard's Head close to this special spot. Visible for miles with its yellow-ochre walls, this iconic inn is a real beacon on the wild Cornish coast.


5. Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives

Overlooking on of the finest beaches in the region, this cool and buzzy cafe is renowned for its delightful breakfasts, extensive tapas menu and Cornish-roasted Origin coffee.

Sit on their terrace and enjoy one of the best sunsets in west Cornwall - the perfect end to a long day surfing, beach hopping or strolling around this beautiful part of Britain.

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Last updated: 21.05.21